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Inventory of the Centers and Programs, Center for the Study of New Religious Movements Collections, 1977-1983
GTU 91-9-3  
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Description
This collection documents the history of the Center for the Study of New Religious Movements from 1977-1983.
Background
In October 1975, the GTU Executive Committee authorized preliminary planning of an alternative religions resource center providing materials on the growing variety of cults and sects in the United States. Jacob Needleman, a professor at San Francisco State University, was called in as a consultant and subsequently accepted appointment as program Director and Visiting Professor of Comparative Religions at the Graduate Theological Union. The Program for the Study of New Religious Movements was inaugurated Fall 1977. Funding was received from NEH, the Rockefeller Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, Luce Foundation, and Ford Foundation. Work fell into two distinct phases. First was the Program for the Study of New Religious Movements, 1977-80. After a period of program and goal evaluation, the second phase was the Center for the Study of New Religious Movements, 1980-83.
Extent
23 boxes 10 ft.
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research.